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1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider Veloce

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MODEL OVERVIEW

With an elegant, torpedo-shaped body by Pininfarina, ‘60s Alfa Spiders are the most iconic of all Giulia models. The “roundtail” examples debuted in ’66, initially powered by Alfa’s famous 1600cc twin-cam and a pair of Webers. From ’68 the new and improved 1750 engine arrived along with avant-garde SPICA mechanical fuel injection for the US market. Gorgeous lines paired with the robust, capable Giulia drivetrain sets the Spider apart--it is one of the most rewarding Alfas to own and enjoy. 

CONDITION AND HISTORY

A one-owner car through 2016, this ’69 1750 Spider Veloce lived an exciting and well-documented life with the photographer Cynthia Matthews. In 1970 she traveled to Europe to take delivery of her new car, and according to early service records put nearly 3000 miles on the clock before shipping it home. Shortly after, in 1971, Cynthia and her car featured in Il Quadrifoglio magazine, the subjects of a full color photo-shoot in New York City. 

 

45 years later, the current owner discovered the Spider thanks to a tip from a postal employee. The car had been stored for several years but was unbelievably well-preserved. After a full service and some minor fixes at Alfa Auto Clinic, it quickly returned to the roads. 

 

Best described as a time capsule, this Spider’s body is in incredible condition, solid and straight throughout. The factory spec Dutch Blue paint was resprayed once years ago, it still presents well with only minor flaws and patina. Underneath, the car appears dry and tidy, though there is a small area of corrosion around the driver’s side floor pan drain plug. 

 

The interior retains its stunning Amaranth red upholstery, with flawless door cards and seats. Recently the driver’s seat bottom had some tears repaired; though once complete it ended up blending perfectly with the rest of the cabin’s original materials. All glass is in good shape, while the dashtop and instruments are flawless. A period Blaupunkt radio is installed and works well next to the original defrost sticker, still intact on the glovebox after nearly half a century. All rubber mats in the cabin and trunk are in fantastic condition, as is the original carpet around the gear lever. The steering wheel is a wood-rimmed Alfa unit, a popular period upgrade, though an original spec black lacquer version is included with the sale. Above, the car’s original top is still presentable and in serviceable condition, though the rear window is slightly foggy. The top’s retaining strap and tonneau cover are intact as well, and allow for easy open-air motoring.

 

Both the engine and gearbox are presumed original and provide a stunning driving experience. With just over 59,000 miles indicated, it’s perhaps not surprising that the car feels nearly new. The 1750 twin-cam starts easily, doesn’t smoke, and features excellent seals. Its SPICA mechanical fuel injection provides smooth acceleration and a consistent idle.  Meanwhile, the 5-speed gearbox is a joy to use without any grinding or crunching. In the corners the car feels exactly as it should, poised and controlled with accurate, precise steering. Brakes are direct and track straight, however the car is currently running on one of its two original boosters (a period reliability fix). The second booster is included though it will need to be rebuilt or replaced before installation. 

 

An exceptionally well-documented example, this Spider comes complete with a comprehensive history file and numerous spare parts. Everything from the original title, early service stamps, and even a copy of its Il Quadrifoglio issue is included, along with years of service records, the original radio manual, and a complete tool roll. Spares include the original spec steering wheel, a correct SPICA injection pump (the current one is a slightly later example), the second brake booster, front nerf bar, and sump guard. 

 

Available immediately and located in our showroom, call (914) 402 5799 or email info@midcenturymotoring.com for more information.